Happy Friday! Youth Day on Wednesday has us all feeling like two days of downtime so soon after returning to work is too good to be true. We also have the most beautiful, sunny weather, despite being in the middle of winter. Life is good!

You may have noticed that we skipped a publication. Our editor was down with a cold and we have a little catching up to do! It seems like the flu season is upon us, and with the President’s announcement last Tuesday that we are entering Alert Level 3 in response to increased rates of COVID-19 infections, we need no further motivation to up our vitamins, get enough rest and follow safety precautions. Please note that prize-givings have been suspended with immediate effect as they are considered a gathering.

Another little detail to take note of is that we are creating a results-only newsletter which will be sent out every Monday with the past week’s results. Please respond affirmatively to this newsletter if you would like to be added to the mailing list? Do you think we should still include the results in this biweekly newsletter?

Usually, at this point in our newsletter, we introduce our new members and welcome them to the Clovelly Family. We are still receiving new members, however, our Membership Secretary, Nekisha Johnson is on maternity leave after welcoming the most gorgeous little boy, Matteo Jay-Jay Johnson, into the world on 26 May. We will welcome our new members by name when she returns.

Matteo is happy and healthy and Nekisha is loving being a mom to a newborn again. Congratulations to their family – Dad, Jeffrey, and siblings, Michaela and Daniel – and welcome to our Clovelly Family, little Matteo!

Progress on the Course

One of our goals at Clovelly is to improve every year. Even in these dark years of COVID! Our Course Committee works hard to identify areas of weakness on our course and put together a proposal for winter projects. If they can tie these projects into core maintenance to share costs, even better! Due to budget constraints this year, we have focused on projects that will add the most value to your Clovelly experience with the least financial implications.

This winter we continue with our bunker program undertaken last year. Our aim is to reduce, reshape and close select bunkers in the hopes of lowering maintenance needs, saving costs and achieving consistency between bunkers. We have closed down three bunkers on the 3rd, 10th and 18th. Below are pictures of our team filling the greenside bunker on the 10th as well as reducing and reshaping the fairway bunker on the 10th. Both of these bunkers get waterlogged in the rainy season and although we hope to have better drainage after dredging the sloot alongside the hole, pictured below too, we are sure that the 10th will be more enjoyable after these changes.

After identifying the 16th as the least playable tee, we will be tackling it this winter too. Work has already started to merge the yellow and white tee boxes together in order to give us more surface area. To prevent the tee boxes from sloping over time, we will be reinforcing the perimeters of the tee boxes with breeze blocks, buried within the soil. We are also removing three gum trees that have been pointed out as potential hazards (their nicknames aren’t ‘widow-makers’ for nothing) and an added benefit of their removal is that the increased sunlight will promote healthy turf growth.

Below are pictures of our team in the ‘desodding’ process.

Paul and Brian’s trip to the Talking Turf Conference

Other exciting news from the past month is that our GM, Paul Stoner, and Greenkeeper, Brian Dlutu, had the awesome opportunity to attend the biannual Talking Turf Conference at Leopard’s Creek in Mpumalanga. This conference sees greenkeepers and turf maintenance experts from South Africa and overseas come together to exchange technical knowledge and expertise. Paul and Brian were able to grow personally and professionally, expanding their networks in the industry, and they particularly enjoyed a talk by Professor John Kaminski from Penn State University, who has extensively studied maintenance practices that provide the best results for poa greens (we have poa greens). One of the primary focuses of the conference was innovation and both Paul and Brian left with a renewed way of thinking. Paul and Brian were also invited by Chris Bentley, the CEO of Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Country Club, for a workshop and tour of their facilities. They were impressed by the logistics and beauty of both Leopard Creek and Royal JHB, but both agreed that Clovelly has something special!

Personally, the trip was a great bonding experience for Brian and Paul, who already have a close working relationship, and they got to make once-in-a-lifetime memories. It was Brian’s first time flying, which he enjoyed until they had to land, and they were able to visit the Kruger National Park and play Leopard Creek – the top golf course in South Africa and one of the best in the world. On that note, we must congratulate Brian, who managed to beat Paul!

News from your Handicap Committee

Dear Fellow golfers,

For those of you that may have missed the previous communication regarding the establishment of the Clovelly Golf Handicaps Committee (CGHC), we are pleased to advise that the following members have been appointed to this important entity as required by WHS and GolfRSA / WP Golf. From the Men’s and Ladies Golf Committees,  Allan Johns, Matt Mills and Anne Keable have been co-opted to perform the function of handicap monitoring and will be supported by our knowledgeable Golf Manager – Hanko Bothma and Golf Captains – Greg Daly and Janeen Alford.

To date, the committee has already made considerable progress in instituting several initiatives to monitor competition and player results.

Firstly, some of you will have noticed the new ClubMaster Player’s Voucher which a player receives when booking in and opening a round. The voucher now shows the “Players Handicap” applicable based on the format of the club competition and depending on the tee the player plays off. This then takes the hassle out of calculating each player’s handicap for that competition.

Secondly, our scorecards have been amended to help with correct, simple completion and recording of scores for club competitions. These completed cards will be used to compare against score submissions done via the HNA system, which the Handicaps Committee is already checking. This is to ensure all submitted scorecards for all ratified Clovelly Country Club competitions are scrutinized for compliance in accordance with Rule 6.2a of the R&A/WHS/USGA Rules of Handicapping, and that the appropriate Handicap Index (HI), Handicap Allowance (HA), Playing Handicap (PH) and Adjusted Gross Score have been applied. The committee has promoted a local rule which will require that all cards be signed and completed in full – i.e. the competition, date, full player names, and player handicap criteria.

Finally, the committee is also in the process of preparing a number of short, YouTube training clips to assist our members in understanding the process. This we will share with you all in the next newsletter.

“Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” – Alice Cooper

Best Regards
Allan W Johns

In Pictures

Our Isabella continues to fly the Clovelly flag high, raking up awards and wins! In the past month, she has won the Jakarta Governor Trophy in the WGSA 72-Hole Teams Championship Individual Competition with rounds of 69-74-70 71 and she has been awarded 2020-21 GolfRSA / Women’s Golf South Africa Most Improved Open Amateur of the Year. Well done, Isabella! You are a star and so worthy of your achievements!

Congratulations to Warren Muir on his hole-in-one on the 16th this past Monday, 14th June! Hole 16 is this year’s lucky hole, with 50% of our hole-in-ones made there so far.

Well done to our Ladies Medal winners of June – Wendy Warrington in Silver Division and Rose Heldzingen in Bronze! Thank you to Remax for their sponsorship of this event.

Our Ladies Committee would like to invite you to attend our Monthly Mixed competitions on the first Sunday afternoon of every month. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow golfers and we have a wonderful lineup of sponsors. Thank you to Dr. Caine and Robin Hood (July), Great White Sport and Surf (August) and STBB (September)!

We’ve been loving the photos that Les Chivell has been sending in of the early morning winter fog. Doesn’t Clovelly transform into another world? Thank you, Les. Your photos are incredible!

We were so happy to welcome the return of our monthly Pitch n’ Putt competition on the Range! The kids, in addition to the fun competition, jumping on the jumping castle and playing soccer and cricket, received a lesson on repairing pitch marks. Well done, Coaches Dave and Alan!

Well done to our Golf Committee Members, Dave Thompson and Matt Mills, who were selected to take part in a Mid-Amateur Invitational which saw WP play against Namibia. The matches were played over two days at De Zalze and Erinvale and WP won 3-1 in the betterball and 6-2 in the singles. Dave managed two wins, one of which was made in complete darkness with the help of two iPhone torches! Well done Dave and Matt and thank you for representing Clovelly so well!

Thank you to Pat Quill for these beautiful photos of winter at Clovelly! It’s a hard life!

Sadly, not all of our news is good news. We lost a very dear member of ours to cancer this past Tuesday, 15th June. Dave Martin, a member of Clovelly’s for twenty-three years was well-known and loved by many. Our condolences go out to his friends in the Sunshine Corner and Seniors and of course, to his family and friends outside of Clovelly. We will miss Dave dearly.

We would like to wish all our members a lovely, safe weekend ahead and a very Happy Father’s Day to our Dads! If you would like to spoil yourselves, MichellGolf is offering you an hour’s gap testing or two 30-minute lessons with a free swing analysis for R600! Ideas Cartel also has the below lunch special at Casa Labia down the road.

Forthcoming Events

We would love for you to bring a special woman to our Ladies’ Open Day at the Range on Thursday, 12 August. MichellGolf will be hosting a laid-back introduction to golf and our Ladies Committee will answer questions afterwards over tea and cake. All ladies, at any level, are welcome. There is no charge.

If you are looking for a cause to support, the DARG Golf Day is a worthy one! Please let us know if you are interested?


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